Texas unemployment rate falls and over 39,000 jobs added in August

AUSTIN – In August, the seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from July 2021. Texas added 39,300 total nonagricultural jobs over the month, making gains in 15 of the last 16 months. Texas added a total of 681,000 jobs since August 2020.

“The continued decrease in the unemployment rate and the positive job growth is good news for Texas,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “The demand for middle skills jobs — those requiring less than a bachelor’s degree, but more than a high school diploma — continues to grow and TWC is committed to ensuring the state’s workforce has the tools needed to succeed in these high demand jobs.”

In August, the Professional and Business Services industry gained 29,600 jobs over the month. Education and Health Services employment added 17,800 positions. Also of note, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 7,100 jobs.

“Our Texas workforce is resilient and opportunities to advance your career or start a new one continue to grow in our state,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Thanks to TWC programs like skills training through Metrix Learning, Texans have access to over 5,000 free courses to learn or refine skills to land the new jobs created each month in Texas.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded August’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock MSA at 3.8 percent and Abilene, College Station-Bryan, and Sherman-Denison MSAs each at 4.2 percent.

“The continued job growth in Texas shows employers are resilient and have succeeded in navigating the unique challenges of running a business,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “To support our Texas employers, TWC has a number of programs that offer employers assistance in attracting and retaining skilled talent and customized training that keeps Texas a top destination to do business.”

Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit

 August 2021
United States161,788.0153,232.08,556.05.3%
Austin-Round Rock1,290.51,241.848.73.8%
Beaumont-Port Arthur173.1157.815.28.8%
College Station-Bryan129.4123.95.54.2%
Corpus Christi203.7189.813.96.8%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington4,094.73,901.7193.04.7%
   Dallas-Plano-Irving MD2,776.12,647.3128.84.6%
   Fort Worth-Arlington MD1,318.61,254.564.14.9%
El Paso366.3345.221.25.8%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land3,433.83,224.5209.36.1%
San Angelo54.552.02.54.5%
San Antonio-New Braunfels1,223.51,164.359.24.8%
Wichita Falls65.
INDUSTRY TITLEAug 2021*Jul 2021Aug 2020Jul ’20 to Aug ’21
Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural12,760,300 12,708,30012,079,300 0.3%
Total Private10,778,600 10,728,400 10,096,400 0.3%
Goods Producing1,798,700 1,797,8001,738,600 0.1%
   Mining and Logging194,100 190,600 170,200 1.5%
   Construction724,000 724,500717,500 0.0%
   Manufacturing880,600 882,700 850,900 -0.2%
Service Providing10,961,600 10,910,500 10,340,700 0.4%
   Trade, Transportation, and Utilities2,582,400 2,575,1002,459,400 0.3%
   Information206,900 204,800 192,000 0.7%
   Financial Activities831,600 829,900798,100 0.2%
   Professional and Business Services1,906,200 1,868,7001,733,600 1.6%
   Education and Health Services1,747,300 1,727,3001,676,100 1.0%
   Leisure and Hospitality1,288,200 1,313,700 1,112,900 -1.9%
   Other Services417,300 411,100385,700 1.1%
   Government1,981,700 1,979,900 1,982,900 0.1%

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